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Technical Paper: A Key Component in Revolutionizing the Blood Draw Process

 

In Brief

Drawbridge Health has developed a new way to draw blood. The company founded by GE Ventures is in the final testing phases of an innovative blood collection device that can be used to draw blood anywhere, even at home. Point-of-care testing is nothing new, however, the ease of use and effectiveness of Drawbridge's tech is revolutionary.

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Wearable Technology and Flexible Materials

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Wearable technology is no longer the wave of the future. It's the wave of the present--and flexible materials are playing an incredible role in the wearable technology industry. From smart watches that can pick up phone calls and texts and run apps to fitness or emotional wellness devices that are designed to track overall health, wearable devices can accomplish incredible things, especially thanks to the role of flexible materials in their use.

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Single-use Technologies in Biopharma

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According to BCC Research, the global single-use technology market is forecasted to grow to more than 11% by 2019. The most significant increase will be in the highly adaptable disposable mixing system segment. Mixing systems are used in every form of biopharmaceutical production as well as through stages of testing. The SUT market is expected to reach $301.3 million by 2019.

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The State of In Vitro Diagnostic Industry & Trends

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It is estimated that around 60 percent of all medical decisions are made with the support of in vitro diagnostic (IVD) testing. In vitro diagnostics are used to diagnose illness and disease by evaluating biologic specimens taken directly from the human body. IVD market segments include instruments, reagents, and software that is used in diagnostics. Due to the increased aging population, the need for IVD products is growing. The global market for these products reached $61 million in 2016 and is expected to generate $84 million in revenue by the year 2023. 

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Polymer Basics for Polyvinyl Chloride


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Polyvinyl chloride is the most widely used plastic material in medical applications. It has a low cost, is easy to process, and can be tailored to yield the desired properties. Often times PVC by itself is not very useful, however heat stabilizers, plasticizers, and various polymers can be added so that the material gains a diverse range of properties from rigid to flexible. Polyvinyl chloride is used in different medical applications such as dialysis bags, surgical drapes, blister packaging, and oxygen face masks.
 
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